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IRS raises 2018 contribution limit for qualified plans to $18,500

October 19, 2017

The Internal Revenue Service has raised the contribution limits for employees who participate in 401(k), 403(b) and most 457 plans to to $18,500 in 2018, up from the current limit of $18,000. The IRS also increased the income ranges for determining...

Shift to Roth 401(k)s 'highly likely' part of tax reform: former Treasury official Mark Iwry

October 19, 2017

Optimism from past weeks regarding the fate of 401(k) tax benefits under tax reform is beginning to wane, with some signaling that employees would have to pay taxes upfront on at least a portion of their retirement savings. Mark Iwry, a non-resident...

GAO report says American retirement system not providing adequate security

October 18, 2017

The three pillars of the American retirement system — Social Security, workplace retirement plans and individual savings — will not provide adequate retirement security for a growing number of people, according to a report issued Wednesday...

Morgan Stanley sees slower fee-based asset flows on fiduciary rule delay

October 17, 2017

Morgan Stanley Wealth Management continues to see assets surge into fee-based accounts, but that flow began slowing noticeably in the third quarter, following more certainty of a delay in the implementation of major parts of the Department of...

IMCA rebrands to attract broader audience

October 17, 2017

The Investment Management Consultants Association has rebranded as the Investments & Wealth Institute, as it seeks to position itself to a broader swath of financial advice professionals, the group announced Tuesday. In addition to the name...

Retirement Planning is Possible While Caring for a Child with Autism

October 16, 2017

Without question, parenting a child with autism comes with a unique set of circumstances that can only be understood by others who have experienced the same highs and lows. There is a steep learning curve – one that I can't say I've fully...

Pre-retirement earnings can limit Social Security survivor benefits

October 16, 2017

As financial advisers and their clients become more aware of Social Security rules, many realize that if someone claims Social Security benefits before full retirement age and continues to work, their wages can reduce or eliminate their retirement...

Lawsuit filed against first state auto-IRA program

October 13, 2017

The ERISA Industry Committee in Washington is seeking an injunction against new reporting requirements from the Oregon Retirement Savings Board in a complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Salem, Ore. The national association advocating for...

Retirement planning challenges under tax reform

October 13, 2017

During retirement, clients may be counting on certain deductions to reduce their taxable income, but under the latest tax proposal some of the biggest deductions are on the chopping block. Advisers will have to address what might happen, before...

Social Security benefits to increase by 2% in 2018

October 13, 2017

Monthly Social Security benefits for more than 66 million Americans will increase by 2% in 2018, the largest increase in retirement and survivor benefits for workers and their families since 2012. The higher payments will begin in January. The...

Prudential wins appeal of 401(k) fee lawsuit

October 12, 2017

Prudential Financial Inc. has again won a lawsuit alleging it breached its fiduciary duties by receiving revenue-sharing payments from investment options in a client's 401(k) plan. The lawsuit, Rosen v. Prudential Retirement Insurance and Annuity...

What can Tabasco sauce teach advisers about 401(k) loans?

October 11, 2017

As plan advisers, our guidance might help increase a plan's overall participation and average deferral rate, but there is little we can do to help people when they're confronted with a large, unanticipated expense. For some, this means dipping...

401(k) referrals rare from wealth managers despite DOL fiduciary rule

October 11, 2017

Conventional wisdom is that the Department of Labor's conflict-of-interest rule would result in a flood of referrals from wealth management advisers and other less-specialized retirement plan advisers to retirement-plan specialists. Beware of...

Thank Richard Thaler for that bigger nest egg

October 10, 2017

If you have a 401(k) plan at work, there's a good chance that you're saving more for retirement because of Richard Thaler. The Nobel Prize for economics tries to recognize important research with far-ranging consequences — but Thaler, awarded...

Medicare rules are needlessly complex

October 9, 2017

People who collect Social Security benefits early are automatically enrolled in Medicare when they turn 65. But as increasing numbers of Americans delay claiming Social Security benefits until older ages when they are worth more, many of them...

A primer on stable value funds for retirement plan advisers

October 9, 2017

Retirement plan advisers should not set and forget stable value funds. These funds can be an excellent supporting character in a diversified global portfolio for the right defined-contribution-plan clients. But good advisers take nothing for...

Pew survey finds support for state auto-IRA programs

October 6, 2017

A survey of workers' attitudes toward state-sponsored automatic IRA programs released Thursday by The Pew Charitable Trusts found widespread support. Pew officials surveyed more than 900 workers without access to retirement plans at small and...

DOL fiduciary rule ups ante for monitoring of 401(k) record keepers

October 4, 2017

The Department of Labor fiduciary rule is changing how retirement plan advisers help their clients monitor record-keeping firms such as Fidelity Investments and Empower Retirement. The regulation, which raises investment-advice standards in...

Navigating the planning gap

October 3, 2017

The following is an excerpt from a new research study, “The planning gap”, which was co-developed by InvestmentNews Research and Nationwide. The research is based on survey responses from 1,741 individual investors, as well as a companion...

Both spouses don't always need to delay Social Security until 70

October 3, 2017

It seems that 70 may be the new 66 when it comes to claiming Social Security benefits. Several financial advisers have asked me about the wisdom of having both spouses delay claiming benefits until age 70. Although that would certainly maximize...

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